Summer brings sun, warm temperatures, and positive, healthier attitudes.
Summer has always held significance for me as a time of supreme freedom — it’s my favorite time of year. When the sun is shining and it’s warm my attitude gets an A+.
However, it’s not just my attitude that improves in summer. I’m actually a healthier and happier person this time of year (just ask my staff). You can be too! Here’s why:
You’re sleeping like a boss.
The early bird gets the worm, but who wants to get out of bed when it’s cold and gray outside? Waking up early in the summer is so much more inviting.
The sun is shining, and the birds are chirping. And more than that, waking up to sunlight will help you have a more restful sleep at night.
Getting a half hour or more of daylight between 6:00 and 8:30 am is an effective way to regulate your biological clock.
The next time you need an excuse to take a break and get outside, tell your boss you need your Vitamin D!
That’s a totally legit reason to take a walk on the boardwalk and expose your body to the SUN. It’s the best source of Vitamin D.
You’re filling up on fruit.
It’s hard to motivate yourself to eat fruit in the winter when your picks at the grocery store are slim (and shriveled).
But in the summer, your options open up as if you’re the only man in a bar on ladies’ night. Pineapple, watermelon, berries, mango… It’s an embarrassment of riches. Summer fruits are chock-full of the vitamins, fiber and antioxidants you need to keep your body healthy and regular.
You’re Swimming Like a Champ.
When you swim, the water’s resistance works all your muscle groups including the shoulders, arms, hips, glutes, abs and legs.
It also builds up your cardiovascular system by testing your lungs and getting your blood pumping.
Why would you hang out at a gym squatting and struggling to keep up with Muscles McGee next to you when you can glide through cool water with minimal impact on your body?
You’re sweating it out for your health.
If you’re outside in the summer, you’re most likely sweating. It’s hot, and no matter how little clothing you wear, sweat is a reality.
The good news is sweating is inherently GREAT for you. (Thus my obsession with the sauna at the Ocean Sands Resort.) It’s a way to detox your body, open your pores, and rid yourself of the toxins that build up from the environment, diet, etc. It also makes your skin glow and your mood elevate through the release of endorphins.
Enjoy these summer months – it will do your body and mind GOOD.